It looks like Davidi Kitai's luck has been super high thanks to his wife's baby bump, which inspired him to win the first prize of €700,000 ($862,772) in the second of the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final €25,500 Super High Rollers in Casino Barcelona, Spain.
Martin Kozolov became the 12th Australian national in history to win a bracelet after outlasting an extremely tough 294 player-field over three days of play in the $10,000 buy-in Six Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship! Kozolov topped a final table that included four former bracelet winners: David Kitai (3 wins), Justin Bonomo (1 win), Chris Ferguson (5 wins), and Nick Petrangelo (1 win).
Ten levels were completed on the second day of the €10k High Roller, and it was American poker pro Nick Petrangelo (1.1 million USD in live tournament earnings) who bagged up the chip lead when the day came to an end. Petrangelo will bring 1.66 million chips to the final day and is up against another 17 players for the title, the €597,000 first-place prize and a luxurious SLYDE watch.
Another day of action-packed poker has come to an end at the Hilton Prague hotel and now there are now only 22 players left from a field of 1,107 entries. The chip leader is Fabio Sperling with 4.3 million in chips, and his closest opponent is Stephen Graner with 3.2 million.
Day 1C of the 2014 Main Event was excpected to be the busiest of the three Day 1's - and this became a fact when 3,768 poker players showed up at The Rio All-Suite Casino on Monday morning, ready to get into the action for the $10 million first prize. With all three Day 1's combined, the total number of entries for this year's main event is now up to 6,683 players and the total prize pool for the top 693 players is $62,820,200.
Day 1C concluded after ten hours of play (five 2-hour levels). The chip leader, Eric Tracey, managed to bag 206,175 and close second to him is no-other than Phil Ivey with 187,025.
Day 1C had gathered a lot of famous poker players. Among the most recognisable faces that managed to survive Day 1C were David Tuchman, Jonathan Duhamel, Berry Johnston, Gerard Pique, and Scotty Nguyen. Some other poker faces that didn't manage further were Sam Trickett, Kathy Liebert, Andre Akkari, David "Devilfish" Ulliott, Stephen Chidwick, Davidi Kitai, Andy Frankenberger, Tom Schneider, and Jackie Glazier.
Although a €1,105,000 first-place prize was up for grabs on the EPT Grand Final High Roller final table last Friday, it only took approximately 5 hours of play before a winner was crowned. The main reason for this fast-paced final table was that heads-up play only lasted for 1 hand!
Event #19, #20 & #21, all three-day events, have been concluded and all three winners are non-americans.
Event #19, $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em saw Belgium player Davidi Kitai take home the first prize of $224,560 after hitting three of a kind after the flop revealed a Jack against runner-up Cary Katz whom had gone all in with KK. This gave Kitaia his second WSOP gold bracelet (his first bracelet was won in Pot-Limit Hold'em Event 38 in 2008's WSOP). The top 9 finishers below:
Giacomo Fundaro, from Italy, became the champion of the 2012 World Poker Tour Mazagan last Saturday, outlasting a field of 146 players to win his first WPT title and $143,207 + a $25k seat in the WPT Championship at Bellagio in May, 2013.
Day 3 of the World Poker Tour Mazagan (Morocco) main event is running at the moment and there are 20 players left out of 146. The average stack is 219,000 and the chip leader is Frederic Brunet with 360,500 chips.
Gaelle Baumann, who finished 10th in the 2012 WSOP main event, was eliminated a while ago, but there are still some familiar faces left with the chance of winning the first prize of $168,207! Just to mention 3 of them: Champions Club Members Davidi Kitai and Guillaume Darcourt, and the winner of the 2011 WSOP HORSE Championship ($609,130): Fabrice Soulier.
Day 1a chip leader Vladimir Geshkenbein (EPT Snowfest winner), Day 1b chip leader Cengiz Ulusu (finished 8th in 2009 EPT Dortmund) and Day 2 chip leader Anton Wigg (EPT Copenhagen winner). All of them made deep runs in the EPT Berlin main event but unforturnately none of them were among the 8 players who battled it out on the final table on Saturday.